★ ways to enjoy being a mum ★

My daily routine feels sometimes like a marathon disaster movie, starring me racing around after my kamikaze toddler. My nights are a study in sleep deprivation, with the twins waking up every two hours. As the blog is considered to be an online break of the daily routine, I put some ideas together for how to enjoy this roller-coaster ride called motherhood.

So here, just a smattering of ways to let the good times roll:

From The Fun Book for Moms by Melina Gerosa Bellows. copyright 2007 by Melina Gerosa Bellows.

  1. Take a bath with your infant. Make sure your husband is around for the handoff, so you can relax until the last minute. (Don’t forget to smell your baby right afterward. Heaven!)
  2. At the end of every summer, take a family photo for the holiday card (you’ll be happy to have this accomplished once December comes). 
  3. The next time you have to go to a boring kiddie activity, invite another mum-friend along. Hide wine in sippy cups for the two of you to nurse undercover.
  4. In the dead of winter/ summer in Dubai, fix some snacks and watch Happy Feet on DVD. Tell your kids you love them even more than the penguins love their chicks.
  5. Go to the beach in the off-season. Throw rocks in the water and collect shells. Put them in a vase and use it as shelf decor in your living room.
  6. Buy yourself that fancy watch, strand of pearls or whatever piece of expensive jewelry you’ve been lusting after. Justify your purchase by rationalizing that you’ll pass it down to your daughter (or son’s wife) eventually.
  7. Use your kids as an excuse to do the things you want to do, like going to silly feel-good movies, eating mac and cheese for dinner and jumping in the moonbounce. Use your kids as an excuse to get out of things you don’t want to do, like going to a wedding or office party.
  8. Every Mother’s Day, have a picture taken with your kids. Keep the photos all together—along with special cards, ticket stubs, mementos and anything else that makes you feel good about being a mom – in a shoe box. (Of course, you must get those new shoes you love in order to do this correctly.) Every year, look through your Goddess Mum box and see how much your kids have grown.
  9. Give your kids quiet time every day. Let them learn to be by themselves with books, crayons or blocks.
  10. Let your whole family take a day off and hang out in pj’s all day long.
  11. Rent Sex and the City on DVD, and reminisce about the days when you were single and the biggest problem you had was whether the “He” of the moment was going to call. Let the romance of your youth seduce you. Then remember that, despite your freedom, all you really wanted was to fall in love and have beautiful babies.
  12. Pitch a tent in the backyard. Use it as your outdoor reading room.
  13. Invent a house fairy. Give her a name, and tell your kids that she is always watching them and counting up their good deeds.
  14. Listen for the deep, happy sighs that come after your kids play or laugh really hard. Tuck them away in your heart.

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And last but not least:

14. Get CAFFEINATED!

Never forget the beauty, the finess, the blessing of being a mum. xx

★ a beautiful mix of pink & mint ★

After moving & decorating our home I finally have time to blog again….

As promised here the post about the making of Charlotte’s space, that turned into a unique & personalised toddler’s room. I have chosen the Nordic style as it does not require many details and usually is really simple but you need pieces that must be trendy (*). See below the basics we used to design her space beside a toddler bed:

1.) Scandinavian art prints with a very simple design, 2.) Ikea BEKVAM spice racks, 3.) Ikea RAST drawer, 4.) Ikea DUKTIG doll’s bed,  5.) Ikea DUKTIG kitchen, 6.) EAMES kids chair (*), 7.) trendy lamps (*), 8.) word banners in pastel colors, 9.) Ikea MALA Easel

In addition we used a lot of color to personalize the products above, we have chosen a beautiful mix of pink & mint – I love the pastel tones and it is a room for a little girl! For this reason I also added some fantasy touches. The pastel polka dots decals, the ball garland and word banners provide that party and funny touch.

The Ikea BEKVAM spice racks as book shelves:

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The Ikea RAST drawer, pear lamp and pear poster:IMG_0565

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The Ikea DUKTIG kitchen, ice cream lamp, word banner:IMG_0699IMG_0564

The Ikea MALM easel:DSC_0090

I gathered my ideas on Pinterest and Instagram. On Instagram I found  many amazing small business creating magical products like the art prints and lamps that I used.  I also picked up some stunning pieces on craft markets in Germany. It was important for me to fill her space with treasures full of meaning.

In addition I would like to encourage our little one to be creative and discover the joy of reading books. Charlotte has plenty of books in three languages, the amount is overwhelming, so I rotate the display of books on a regular basis…….the spice racks that I use as book shelves are just perfect!
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Let me know your thoughts or if I can assist you in designing the room of your little one! x